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Featured Advocate: Cindy from Recovery- the Journey that follows 3/26

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delembCindy: At an early age, I thought I could “save the world” and everyone in it. Elders tried to discourage me throughout my life saying “You can’t help everyone”. When I began my recovery, I was fortunate enough to have my husband by my side, but no other friends or family to be there for me in my time of need. That is when I decided to create my home online group My Journey, then later on my page Recovery- the Journey that follows. We all long for understanding, compassion, and respect. And sometimes this is easiest to find among others who share our situation or outlook. My calling was thrown into full mode in no time. I enjoy helping people, hearing their stories, helping them get down to the root of their addiction, giving them the resources they need, and listening to them vent or ask for support.

Recovery- the Journey that follows:  Addiction, recovery, mental and chronic illness, self mutilation, etc. We provide inspiration and the resources needed to cope/overcome your struggle ❤️

Group: My Journey is a place where men & women can comeand support each other through life’s difficulties. It is where we strive to build an online family. We all long for understanding, compassion, and respect. And sometimes it’s easiest to find this among others who share our situation or outlook. That’s where our support group comes in. There is nothing like sharing stories and experiences with others on the same path. *****We discuss addiction, recovery, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, chronic illnesses, and self harm.

Our group is a tight-knit family, where we can be free and comfortable with one another, without feeling judged or criticized.
Feel free to post any question you may have for fellow members, or myself.

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Featured Advocate: Marie from Tasteful Truths 2/19

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deltastMarie: I am an advocate because I know what it is like to feel like you do not have a voice. I know how hard it is to have words formed at the tip of your tongue but, never allowing them to fall out any further because of fear and shame. Fear of being judged and shame of being “ill”. I am an advocate for those who have not yet found their voice. I am an advocate for those who are still finding words to form their story. I am an advocate because having a mental illness is not something to be ashamed of. The world needs to hear everybody’s voice and story and I am hear for that.

Tasteful Truths The truth of having a mental illness from my point of view and others; worded as tastefully as possible.

Ever since I can remember I have battled an eating disorder; a disease that has the highest mortality rate of an other mental illness. Accompanying the eating disorder was always the bouts of depression, anxiety, and occasional OCD. I hid my eating disorder the best I could because there was so much shame in having it. It wasn’t until I was able to separate myself from my eating disorder (with the help of a wonderful treatment team and the book Life Without ED) that I understood an eating disorder was an illness; a serious life threatening illness.

I am now in my late twenties and I hear people bash not only eating disorders but other mental illnesses as well. This is simply a page with my thoughts and occasional quotes and inspiring photos to encourage people who are fighting a mental illness to keep going.  Website

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Featured Advocate: Jessica from Mental Illness Support Page and Challenge Yourself (Group) 8/4, 2/8

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delete11Jessica:  I’m an advocate because I have struggled with Mental Illness my entire life and I wanted to help people that struggle with it too. Also I want to help end this stigma that’s built around mental illness. I’m trying  to create  awareness out their for mental health.

I’m 25 years old from Upstate New York. When I was 12 I was first diagnosed with Bi polar 2, major depressive disorder, borderline personaility, schizoeffective disorder, & general anxiety disorder. As a kid I always knew I was different then other kids around me.

I always wanted to be alone and different have many friends. Through the years my mental illness made it difficult for me to live a “normal life”. Despite the fact that I was called “a highly functioning bi polar person”. Meaning I was able to go to school, drive and work. What I was unable to do was finish school(dropped out of college, stress got the best of me), work(have had multiple jobs in the past 10 years due).

I have been through many relationships and was divorced at 24 years old. When I reached my twenties I developed bad social anxiety causing me to withdrawal myself from the world. After therapy didn’t work, I decided to start my own “support group” to find people out in the world that were going through the same things. I wanted to let them know they are not alone. I want people to know that we are not victims, our disorder doesn’t define who we are inside.

Youtube :  I share videos about my take on different mental health topics as well as my personal tips and journal videos.

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del57Mental illness is a long hard battle to go through. Lets fight this battle together!

To help people who are dealing with similar issues like anxiety and depression and other mental illnesses! Also wanted to show support for mental awareness:)

Hi Everyone, My name is Jessica and this is a online support group page for anyone that is dealing with issues related to mental illness. There are already support pages for people dealing with anxiety and depression but none for dealing with other serious mental illnesses, which is why i wanted to create a page where people like myself can relate to other people battling the same thing!

We are not professionals nor should be considered replacement for your actual Doctors, medicine, and other professional authorities. This is simply a group designed to discuss topics and problems so we can all grow together!

Challenge Yourself Group

Hi Everyone! My name’s Jessica and I’m 25 years old from Upstate New York. We all have are own goals that we set for our selves and it may take us awhile to get there. With hard work and determination we can accomplish anything that we set our minds too. This group is for anyone and everyone that has something to accomplish whatever that something may be. Don’t give up, you will get there!

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Featured Advocate: Tania from Silent Warriors 1/27

 

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delswTania: At age 31,  I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Luckily I had already had my children . After a hysterectomy, I was lucky enough to escape this disease with out further usual cancer treatment apart from follow up appointments and check ups.

About 6 months later, I found myself in chronic pain right through my body , after months of xrays, blood tests , pain and thinking it was all in my head my doctor finally referred me to a Rheumatologist where I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

I was Like “What the heck is that?” I had never heard of this. After researching this I found I was not alone, in pain but not alone. I was given medication but it made me quite ill and started breaking down my teeth. It seemed I couldn’t win. Through diet and some exercise I find some relief from time to time.

About a year later I woke to the side of my face completely paralyzed. It was Bells Palsy (facial stroke ) apparently from stress. Luckily after a few weeks it subsided and left little damage.

A few years had passed and I found myself in a different kind of pain, ankles, fingers , knees , completely swollen and throbbing , I knew this wasn’t my fibromyalgia as that is more like a burning, stabbing pain through my muscles.Surprise Surprise..more doctors, more tests and more xrays to find out I had Rhumartory Arthritis. Again medication did not work , it broke half my teeth, gave me nausea and stomach cramping. So then it was 12 months of dental care to have teeth removed and denture plates fitted.

I really felt like I was a woman in an 80yr old body. Controlling my own illnesses was hard enough especially when its hard to explain something that can’t be seen, I was spiralling into depression and constant anxiety everytime I went to the doctor. Being a mum is hard enough but having to deal with all these health issues was just too much.

On anti- depressants I did feel better mentally and then I had family come to us with terminal cancer, suddenly my health was second and caring for them became first. Sadly we lost a member of our family after 18 months of Chemo and Radiation therapy. His fight was a brave one and I am so glad I had this journey with him. It gave me such a better understanding of what cancer patients go through on a daily basis.

Now back concentrating on my health , my children’s health ( 2 boys with asthma and a daughter with wheat and lactose intolerance) I felt its time to help others, by sharing my story, experiences and allowing people to understand Silent/Invisible Illness. I want to educate others and raise awareness that all illnesses can’t be seen. I know I am much luckier than others , My illnesses can be quite tame compared to others. I am still alive to tell my story. You are Not Alone, You Are Silent Warriors

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Silent Warriors This page is For all Warriors, Family and Friends who suffer the silent illnesses such as Cancer, Depression, Anxiety, Arthritis of all types, Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy, etc. I offer health Tips and advice . It is a personal Blog placing awareness through personal experiences. It is a page where Sufferers of Silent Illness and their family and friends can come to vent, seek advice from others. I personally have beaten cancer but suffer with Fibromyalgia, Rhumatory Arthritis and Depression. I am a mum of 6, and 40 yrs old . We are not alone and this page is here for you.

Featured Advocate: Corrine from No More Excuses – Bullying Must End Now 1/19

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del55Corrine: I am advocate because t the age of 33 I was finally diagnosed with bipolar and severe anxiety. I don’t want any young person to go through the stigma of being rejected for mental health reasons.  I started the page on the basis of anti-bullying. Our page evolved somewhat because we learned – some of us from first hand experience – that continued persecution, from those that are supposed to love and support us continues the cycle of self hatred and self destructive behavior.

So we continue to try to find pages, groups, etc., to share a positive message to try to break the cycle of bullying that is leading to more and more depression and mental health breaks in our kids/tweens. and young teens. There are now a number of admins helping with our page and many who share information on our page and we are so thankful for them all.

No More Excuses – Bullying Must End Now: Stand up against Bullying Now! Protect our young people and those who are vulnerable because of physical of mental health challenges. Make States, Provinces, Territories and Countries responsible for protecting their young people. 

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Featured Advocate: Mama Spirit from Strength & Spirit 1/13

del3Mama Spirit I advocate on behalf of people who are struggling with depression and anxiety and  who have suffered from abuse and trauma. A also advocate for people, who like me, have survived having strokes or other brain injuries and are dealing with their effects from an emotional and mental standpoint.

I don’t want people to hide, as I did for a while, rather  than to face the judgments, stigmas, stares, rudeness, comments, misunderstandings, and misgivings of people. Oftentimes they don’t know any better because things are based on their own fears and learned behaviors. I advocate because we all deserve the chance to live as happily as we can in our own skins without being ashamed by the society in which we live!

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A supportive platform for any and everyone who may be facing difficulties in their lives, from medically related issues to whatever else may be going on.

This page is called Strength & Spirit because it will always offer bits of encouragement and/or inspiration to those who find themselves in need. I want to provide a compassionate community of support for anyone facing difficulties or hardships in their lives and on their journeys, especially those that are medical in nature. I do this to help myself as well, as I have only recently begun my own recovery journey back from having three strokes in two months. I say this often and with love… Maintain Your Strength & Your Spirit! Enjoy! Website

Featured Advocate: Danny from In the Light 10/23

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del80Danny: I am an advocate because I have lived with depression for over 30 years and have recently chosen to come out in the open about it. I am committed to living “in the light” with my illness and doing whatever I can to fight the stigma and let people know they are not alone.

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I blog about my experience with depression and anxiety. I write to share my truth and my hope that others won’t suffer in painful isolation as I once did.

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Featured Advocates: Admins at AntiBullyingAtWork 10/21

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del76Admins: We are advocates because bullying has devastating effects including psychological damage such as depression and anxiety, and physical damage such as headaches and loss of appetite. This leads to other negative effects such as social withdrawal which will affect friends and family also. In the case of workplace bullying an individual can be affected financially and career wise which can have lifelong effects. In the case of school bullying, school work can be affected which can also have lifelong consequences. This issue is highly overlooked and definitely needs more attention. This is why we are AntiBullying advocates. We started our page because there  isn’t enough awareness of workplace bullying or bullying in general.

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Bullies Don’t Just Go To School – They Go To Work Too! Please help us to raise awareness and make a change, together we can do this! Our mission is to Stand Up To Workplace Bullying And Put A Stop To It – TODAY.
Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious and insulting behaviour used as an abuse of power to undermine and humiliate the victim. Workplace bullying in particular is very often overlooked, and it is for this reason that society would like to believe, that after school, bullying doesn’t happen. However, it does happen, and is equally as serious as bullying at school. And just like school bullying, workplace bullying can have devastating effects.Wreck It Ralph is a popular Disney film. Whilst entertaining, it also sends out an important message regarding Workplace Bullying. Ralph is the “baddie” in the game Fix It Felix. As he is the “bad guy who wrecks the building”, he sleeps outside in the garbage on his own. This is an example of social exclusion. As well as this, the other characters in the game (his colleagues) tell him he will never win a medal like Felix. This is an example of verbal abuse. Ralph ends up leaving his game – he is bullied out of work, and the game ends up getting shut down – the company suffers as a result.

Another character in a different game, Vanellope, is told by the characters in her game (her colleagues) that she is a “glitch” and that she isn’t allowed to race with them. This again is verbal abuse and social exclusion. They also push her around – this is unwanted physical contact, and destroy a car that she built – this is tampering with her personal belongings. However, Vanellope cannot leave her game as she is a “glitch” . This is an example of being stuck in one job as she has nowhere else to go.

These stories, and other animations featured on this page, provide a perfect illustration for the purpose of AntiBullyingAtWork – to raise awareness of and stop workplace bullying.

Although only fictional, unfortunately, these stories are very relevant to real life situations. Bullying at work can have very serious consequences, and can ruin the lives of the victims and their families.The aim of this Facebook page is to illustrate that adults can be bullied too, and we must put a stop to it in order to properly protect bullied children. This page gives information on how to recognise workplace bullying and the consequences of workplace bullying. This page also illustrates things that can be done by employees if there is bullying happening in a workplace.

Bullying is not OK, it can happen to anyone and victims have every right to stand up against it. There is no Laws against bullying at work (or bullying in general) and this needs to change. Please like this page to raise awareness of this, and to help put a stop to workplace bullying.

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Featured Advocate: Mervin from Fight Depression and Anxiety 9/28

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del44Mervin:  I am an advocate because I wanna help people fight their depression and anxiety by letting them see everyday, through my posts, that yes it is a struggle, but with the right mindset and positive outlook, we can get through this. I also started my page because I for one have been through this. Yes it was hard. Going through medications and therapy. And now that I’ve been well and I’m still here, I got through it, I also want others to feel that they are not alone and I am here for them.

Fight Depression and Anxiety

Help one another. Fight Depression and Anxiety. Share your stories and experiences.

 

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Featured Advocate: Anonymous from The LINES Project 9/23

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del94Anonymous: I’m an advocate for all mental health concerns, especially depression, anxiety, self-harm and PTSD. I know them very well as a result of maternal narcissistic abuse. Because of my personal experience and wishing someone had stood up for me, I created this page to be a guiding light for others who may feel the same desperation.

The LINES Project

The LINES Project is for suicide/self-harm awareness. See notes for specifics. Beware, you will see potentially triggering language/opinions/photos.

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